By Melanie Metzger
Is belief fact? Editor Melanie Metzger investigates the cultural perceptions by way of and of deaf humans all over the world in Bilingualism and identification in Deaf groups quantity six of the Sociolinguistics sequence.
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Our observation is that introduction protocol in NZSL differs from that in the Deaf community in the United States, where a name sign is not typically given in an introduction unless asked for; instead, the person’s legal name is likely to be ﬁngerspelled in full. This is undoubtedly related to the fact that ﬁngerspelling is used more extensively and apparently valued more positively in ASL than in NZSL. Also, because the majority of name signs in ASL do not have a descriptive origin, a discussion of the etymology is less relevant.
Morgan et al. (1979) observed that in the world of children, at least, the roles of leader and name-giver are often synonymous. Supalla (1990) noted that in the Deaf community in the United States, the giving of name signs is most often done by the Deaf children of Deaf parents, who naturally tend to have more linguistic power (and associated status) because of their native language command of ASL and its cultural traditions. , younger people at a Deaf club or by students to a Deaf teacher). In other words, our data did not suggest a clear hierarchy of who is qualiﬁed to give name signs to whom, with the exception that established members of the group invariably name the newcomers, usually by informal consensus.
2000. Lexical comparison of signs from American, Australian, British, and New Zealand Sign Languages. In The signs of language revisited: An anthology to honor Ursula Bellugi and Edward Klima, ed. H. Lane and K. Emmorey, 49 –76. : Lawrence Erlbaum. , D. McKee, R. Adam, and A. Schembri. 2000. Name signs in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and Australian Sign Language (Auslan). In Proceedings of the XIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, July 25–31, 1999. Brisbane, Australia: World Federation of the Deaf.
Bilingualism and Identity in Deaf Communities (Gallaudet Sociolinguistics) by Melanie Metzger